Councillors and business leaders from across the South East have been told that Thurrock Council is united in its opposition to Highways England’s Lower Thames Crossing plans.
Addressing last Thursday’s South East Local Enterprise Partnership Special Strategic Board meeting, Councillor Gledhill explained that Thurrock Councillors are unanimously against the scheme and stand shoulder to shoulder, irrespective of party lines, in their objections to the plans Highways England are currently consulting on.
Councillor Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: “It was good to hear other councillors on SELEP make it clear that I have taken any and every opportunity to voice why Thurrock Council stand opposed to the crossing as proposed.”
He also wrote to the Thurrock Business Board outlining the negative impact the scheme will have on the economy or environment.
He will now write to all South East Local Enterprise Partnership members to seek their backing as the council explores the possibility of launching a judicial review.
Some of the key proposals which will have huge detrimental impacts on Thurrock are:
there are no plans to connect the Port of Tilbury to the LTC, no access to the LTC from the eastbound A13, there will be no access to the LTC from the Orsett Cock Roundabout, the new road will include elevated structures over the Tilbury loop line and the Mardyke Valley which will be visible and a scar on the local landscape and the three lane motorway will mean construction impacts will have to be endured for at least six years severely affecting health, wellbeing and quality of life.
“I again took the opportunity to express my disgust of the proposals put forward by Highways England and make it clear that we will fight tooth and nail to oppose their plans.”
“I would encourage all residents to take part in the public consultation to let Highways England know just what they think of their plans.”
Residents can have their say at: https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/ltc/consultation